Experiment at Ignite Light Night

Enlightening Liverpool on 13th May at Aldham Robarts Library on Maryland Street

Light Night LiverpoolExperiment at Ignite Light Night 

We’re all about experimentation at Ignite, in fact it’s one of the reasons we run these events throughout the year.

Ignite showcases Liverpool’s movers and shakers, creators, thinkers, tinkers, innovators and doers, makers and dreamers in a fast paced format designed to inspire. Do you want to be inspired? Do you need to get your creative juices flowing? Then Ignite Light Night Liverpool is just for you.

We’re taking over two spaces in the Aldham Roberts Library, which we’re calling the Demonstration room and the Presentation room.

Upstairs in the Demonstration room: From 5:00pm to 9pm we’ll be talking to people about Ignite, showing videos, and demonstrating how to put together an ignite talk really quickly – and we’ll be looking for brave volunteers to build a talk from scratch and deliver it in our Presentation room.

Downstairs in the Presentation room: We’re teaming up with Philosophy in Pubs, PubHD, and Mersey SciBar to present a series of prepared talks, scratch talks, Ignite karaoke talks, and other interesting discussions throughout the evening.

We’ve already got some speakers lined up, but we’re always on the look out for more. So if you’ve got some research you want to share, or a story to tell about a risk that paid off, or anything to say about anything experimental at all, turn up and we’ll help you prepare at talk – we can’t wait to hear from you.

It was a really great evening so here are some tweets and images we’ve pulled together.

5:00 – Scratch Talks workshops

6:00 – 7:30 Philosophy in Pubs
Paul Doran will lead – The theme for Light Night is ‘Experiment’ and we’re working with Ignite Liverpool to put together a talk theme for the evening. I’ll be leading an enquiry into technology, how we interact with it, its effect and implications for the future.
Find out more about the brilliant Philosophy in Pubs 

6.30 – 7:30 First speaker session

Merseyside Skeptics 
Michael Marshall – putting psychic powers to the test
Tom Williamson – faking new-age wisdom
Mike Hall – Let’s Make a Deal
Emma McClure – Confessions: Why people admit to things they didn’t do…

Mersey Sci Bar
Joao Pedro


Ignite Karaoke and Scratch talks

8.30 Second speaker session:
Graeme Lamb
Francis Irving (in person or Video)
Vince Prayle
Jamie Roberts

Ignite Karaoke and Scratch talks

Aldham Robarts Library

What else is on at the venue?

Check out the details below of other activities to get involved in.

FaceLab 17:00 – 22:00

Discover the skills and technology behind the forensic and archaeological research projects at Face Lab. Have a go at laser scanning a face using the Artec scanner, learn how to morph faces using Fantamorph or use a 3D printer to take a miniature head away with you.


Cybernetics – 17:00 – 22:00
Cybernetics is a cross-disciplinary area of study which explores regulatory systems, their structures, constraints and possibilities. That’s the theory – in practice it is a way of looking at the world which can generate intriguing patterns, diagrams, models and computer programmes.

One of the key thinkers in this field was Stafford Beer, best known for his book ‘The Brain of the Firm’ who had a long association with Liverpool John Moores University. His personal archive is held in the LJMU Archives and will be featured in this exhibition, along with talks from members of LJMU staff who have used cybernetic theories in their research work. Images, colours and diagrams from the Stafford Beer Archive will be used to inspire the creation of new artefacts by the staff from FabLab in the Maker Marketplace.

Fab Lab 17:00 – 22:00

The LJMU Fab Lab in collaboration with students from the Arts Society install a Pop-Up Lab showcasing a range of technology and digital fabrication demonstrations in action such as 3D printers, laser cutters and 3D scanners.
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